Earlier this week Hawking went to see Jane Fonda in "33 Variations," a play in which she portrays a woman with ALS.
As Jane Fonda writes on her blog:
"I asked him if he thought I acted the ALS properly in the play... Letters and numbers darted around the screen... unfathomable. 'You were...' was all we saw for quite a while. I thought (arrogance?) that maybe he was going to say, 'You were brilliant!' When at last he finished the sentence it read, 'You were my heart-throb,' and... the (computerized) voice said the words aloud.Clearly, it was a moving (and funny) interchange for both of them. She closes by saying:
"I about fainted and everyone broke into laughter. 'What's this 'were'?' I asked. 'What am I now, chopped liver?' And I could see he was laughing although all I saw was his face blushing and his cheek moving slightly. But I know he was laughing. 'It must have been Barbarella, right?' I asked. And he typed out 'Yes.'"
"All of us went home last night–i know I did–enlivened and inspired by Stephen. If ever I am confronted with terrible physical impairment, I will remind myself of him, try to be stubborn, and not forget my sense of humor–or my heart throb(s)."